Tinnitus is a buzzing, ringing or other phantom sound without a known source. Several things can cause tinnitus, including exposure to abnormally loud noises, ear infections, foreign objects in the ear and allergies or other issues that create fluid or wax buildup. Genetic hearing loss may cause tinnitus, and some seniors experience tinnitus as they age. People may experience tinnitus due to a side effect of medications, including antibiotics, cancer drugs, antidepressants and over-the-counter medications like aspirin. However, the most common cause is noise-induced hearing loss.
Prevention for continued hearing loss is possible, once the extent of hearing loss has been determined. At HearingLife, we offer free hearing assessments* that will allow us to determine the best course of action to treat and further prevent hearing loss.